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Techno Classica: Opel Celebrates 50th Anniversary of KAD Models

Mar 27, 2014

  • 26th year of world’s largest vintage car show again records high visitor numbers
  • From classic to modern: Today’s top model Insignia OPC with 325 hp on exhibit
  • Experts from Opel and Alt Opel vintage car club on site
Opel News - Techno Classica 2014: Opel celebrates 50th anniversary of KAD models. Pictured: Opel Kapitän, 1969 (former Suisse police car)

Rüsselsheim/Essen.  KAD – this acronym defined Opel‘s upper class range in the 1960s and 1970s. The tradition-rich brand celebrates the anniversary of its ‘Big Three’ at the 26th Techno Classica in Essen (March 26 - 30): Kapitän, Admiral and Diplomat are 50 years old. At the same time, Opel’s current top-of-the-line model builds the bridge to today: the 239 kW/325 hp Insignia OPC is also on display.

Automotive elegance in 1964: Opel’s premium class trio

Opel News - Techno Classica 2014: Opel celebrates 50th anniversary of KAD models. Pictured: Opel Diplomat B with long wheelbase, 1976

Kapitän, Admiral and Diplomat: the elegant trio from the 1960s and 1970s at the Opel booth in Hall 2 is sure to turn visitors’ heads. Opel presents eleven versions – some extremely rare – of these classic cars, including one of only four 4-door Diplomat V8 convertibles built as well as a Diplomat V8 with a long wheelbase which was used during the state visit of US President Gerald Ford in July 1975. A black Kapitän from 1969, a former Swiss police car in Bern, is also on exhibit.

Opel News - Techno Classica 2014: Opel celebrates 50th anniversary of KAD models. Pictured: Opel Diplomat Convertible, 1971

“Vintage cars fascinate people more and more. That’s my impression when watching the crowds of visitors,” says Uwe Mertin, Manager Opel Classic Europe. “The vintage car enthusiasts also have a very high level of expert knowledge, the enormous amount of detailed know-how they possess is really impressive.” Especially popular with show visitors is the extremely rare convertible version of the ‘Diplo’. Stylized miniature models of various vehicles are also visitor favorites at the Opel booth. They are in the typical colors of the 1960s and 1970s and give a good idea of colors popular back then that car buyers preferred for their exterior vehicle lacquer.

Performance that impresses: The Big Three from then and today’s most powerful

Opel News - Techno Classica 2014: Opel celebrates 50th anniversary of KAD models (Kapitän, Admiral and Diplomat)

The full-scale eye-catcher at the Opel booth is the black Insignia OPC Sports Tourer. It shows Opel’s idea of what absolute top performance is, 50 years after the Kapitän, Admiral and Diplomat. The Insignia OPC’s stylish bodywork encapsulates state-of-the-art technology including an enhanced OPC chassis, electronically controlled all-wheel drive system and a 239 kW/325 hp 2.8 V6 Turbo engine with 435 Nm maximum torque. The boldly styled front and rear, with signature OPC design elements such as distinctive saber-tooth detailing at the front and the tailpipe trim integrated in the rear, underline its power and evoke visions of high-speed laps around the Nürburgring. The cabin welcomes OPC drivers with pure motorsport ambience. Recaro performance seats, the OPC gearshift knob and a completely new main instrument panel and center console exude premium flair.

Opel News - Techno Classica 2014: Opel celebrates 50th anniversary of KAD models (Kapitän, Admiral and Diplomat)

It has become a tradition at the Techno Classica for Opel to present itself together with the Alt Opel IG vintage car club. The biggest Opel fan club in the world has been the Rüsselsheim automaker’s partner at the most important vintage car trade show for years, and once again provides expert discussion partners to answer visitors’ questions about the Opel brand vintage models.